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Lawmaker criticises government for asking money from IDA to purchase 14,000 furnaces for poor families.

Community Development and Investment Agency of the Kyrgyz Republic ARIS will purchase 14,000 furnaces, which will be then distributed to low-income families in Osh and Naryn regions, as part of the $46 million half loan and half grant financing agreement between Kyrgyzstan and International Development Association.

Parliament considered the draft agreement on Nov 28 in the first reading.

"The needy families will have to pay 30% of the cost of furnace," Chairman of ARIS Bekjan Supanaliyev said.

MP Dastan Bekeshev called this point of the financing agreement "the most inefficient spending ever."

"You are going to buy 14,000 furnaces and will have no idea how to distribute them, how to determine the poor or rich families. This money is going to be wasted," he said.

"Are you not ashamed of asking money for furnaces? Let's then ask money for irons, for instance, or the food? I can't believe this is happening on the level of government," Bekeshev said.

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Date:Nov 28, 2018
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